Derry protesters will fight on until bombing stops

ANTI-WAR RALLY. . . . A section of the attendance at an Anti-War Protest held at the Diamond in Derry on Wednesday night. DER4815MC030
ANTI-WAR RALLY. . . . A section of the attendance at an Anti-War Protest held at the Diamond in Derry on Wednesday night. DER4815MC030
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Anti-war protesters in Derry say they will continue with their demonstrations until British military jets stop dropping bombs on Syria.

A large crowd of people gathered at the war memorial in the Diamond on Wednesday evening to object to military strikes against so called Islamic State in Syria.

The protest was held as MPs in Westminster voted overwhelmingly in favour of military action. The final tally 397 in favour to 223 against.

Speaking at the anti-war demonstration in Derry city centre on Wednesday, veteran human rights and anti-war protester, Eamonn McCann, Mr. McCann said if the British Government refused to listen to the will of the people he would regard “civil disobedience” as an option that could be used to stop the bombing.

“The British Government has upped the ante so we will have to up the ante too - we might have to consider using civil disobedience to make our voice against war heard,” he said.

“I envisage that we will have come out on the streets again and again until this government gets the message that bombing innocent men, women and children is not the way to defeat Islamic State.

“I hope to see many more people out on the streets again because this is the great cause of our age and we should rise to the occasion. We have to show that we are able to do it and worthy of doing it.”

SDLP MP for Foyle, Mark Durkan, was in the House of Commons for the debate over military intervention in Syria voted against air-strikes along with his two party colleagues,

“There is a severe risk of feeding what we are trying to fight - of feeding a wider agenda of radicalisation - by agreeing to air strikes and so adopting the role that the jihadism playbook craves us to adopt.

“Only two years ago the idea was to go in and air strike against Assad, and now it is to go in and air strike against the very people we would have been assisting had we conducted air strikes two years ago,” said Mr. Durkan.